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CaBiRet Returns

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“It boils down to visibility in the end”: We talk to Marcus Morgan about CaBiRet

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Following the success of CaBiRet in October, and with whispers on the wind of another event in the new year, we caught up with Marcus Morgan of the Bisexual Index to find out how CaBiRet came about – and what we can hope for in the future. 

Hello Marcus. Let’s get right down to business. How did the idea for CaBiRet come about?

As August progressed I found myself looking ahead to Bisexual Visibility Day. Looking ahead but not so much looking forward. I realised that although there were things planned for the launch of the book I’d been involved with, Purple Prose, I didn’t have any bisexual events I could go to for Bi Visibility Day itself.

There wasn’t anything in London on the day?

That’s right. And not just geographically – the sort of event I would want to go to wasn’t happening. I have very fond… Continue reading

Bisexual Pride Flag Flies Over Camden Town Hall

20160923_101452The bisexual pride flag was today raised over a London council building for the first time.

Nadia Shah, who was appointed Mayor of Camden in May 2016, hoisted the flag in a small ceremony on the roof of Camden Town Hall at 1oam today. The ceremony was attended by members of the Bisexual Index and Camden LGBT Forum as well as local activists and civic staff.

Mayor Nadia Shah addresses the crowd

Mayor Nadia Shah addresses the crowd

The flag has been flown at Council buildings in Brighton and Hove since 2012, but other councils have been reluctant to follow suit. This year, just five further councils (including Camden) – out of more than 410 –  have chosen to follow suit.

The Bisexual Index told Biscuit, “a lot of councils have told us that they fly the rainbow flag for gay pride, and that we’re included in that. But bisexuals… Continue reading

What’s Happening in the UK for Bi Visibility Day

Here’s Biscuit’s guide to the events celebrating Bisexual Visibility Day throughout the UK. Looking for a bi event near you? look no further!

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Warm up for Bisexual Visibility Day on 14th September  at INCITE!@Phoenix, where LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson hosts professional and amateur poets and chats to poets Genevieve L Walsh and Sven Stears. Of course, the theme of this INCITE! is bisexuality.

On 20th September ParliOUT hosts Purple Prose editor Kate Harrad and bi activist and poet Jacq Applebee for a Lunch and Learn for LGBT parliamentary staff in Westminster.

In Bolton, you’ll find a display packed with information at Bolton Library. The display will remain in place until 26th September so pop down for a look!

In Southampton on 22nd September Bi Wessex hosts an informal networking event at Cafe Momento.

Also on 22nd in Central London, OUTstanding hosts… Continue reading

CaBiRet – An Evening of the Bisexual Variety

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On 2nd October the Cavendish Arms, Stockwell, hosts an evening of cabaret with a distinctly bisexual flavour.

Your host is bisexual magician and Biscuit fave Marcus Morgan, with other acts TBA. Doors 7.30, but the pub will be serving food from 5pm. Come along, share a laugh (or a groan) and indulge in an evening of entertainment where bisexuality is the norm, not the (begrudging) exception.

The event is free, but bring a long a coin or too as donations will be collected for  various bisexual causes.

 

 

Being Bi – My First Pride

imagesFrom the erasure of bisexual participation in the early Pride movement, to incidences of biphobia at Pride events today, the bisexual community has had an uneasy relationship with Pride. But when we focus on the worst Pride can be, we can forget about the best. Here Clara from Retrogreat.com reminds us just how important it can be.

I’m 9 years old. Some friends and I play “Mummies and Daddies”. It turns into a campaign at school of calling me a dyke and a lesbian. I don’t understand – I have crushes on both men and women, but assume puberty will establish a preference.

I’m 17 years old. One night at a classmate’s house, she strokes my waist, she feels different to the lone boy I’ve kissed so far. Her boyfriend watches from a chair. After a while, she leaps away without warning, begins to cry and… Continue reading

Calling Bisexual Poets!

77145_166372606726066_7259951_nINCITE@The Phoenix WC2 is putting out a call to all bisexual poets to come to, perform at and enjoy our September Celebration of Bisexuality on Wed  14th September – just in time for bi visibility day.
We are looking for established poets for a 20 min guest spot, and all types of poet for our open mic section.
In September our theme is: Who Why and How we are.
INCITE is a free monthly LGBT Poetry event supported by Camden LGBT Forum. It showcases poetry as diverse as our community, in an iconic West London venue.
Please check out our facebook page INCITE poetry or contact me, Trudy, by emailing lgbtpoetlaureate@gmail.com

 

Event: “Identity v Misbehaviour: Miscommunication Between Lesbian & Bi Women”

portrait-828398_1280(1)Friday 25th September
Goldsmiths, University of London
SE14 6NW
6.30-8.30pm
Run by Gracey Morgan for the Goldsmiths LGBTQ* Society

Marking Bi-Visibility Day by bringing together leading bi activists, writers, thinkers, and community leaders to discuss this important topic.

Speakers include:

Prof. Surya Monro – A leading academic specialising in sexuality

Jacqueline Applebee – Renowned writer and poet

Elaine McKenzie – Prioprietor of Glass Bar Events

Faith Cheltenham- President of BiNet USA

Hopefully we will touch on questions such as:
▼ “Why is there such a big separation within the LGBTQ Community, especially among lesbian and bi women of color?”
▼ “Why is there so much distrust between lesbian women and bisexual women?”
▼ “Why do some lesbian sisters within the LGBT community still continue to ostracise their bi sisters?”
▼ “When did communications began breaking down between the two?
▼ “Are there similarities/differences between the two, and does identity… Continue reading

LGBT* in UKIP Gatecrashes Pride

800px-Pride_in_London_2013_-_211Pride in London is courting controversy once again, by allowing UKIP to march in the Parade that was held in the West End on Saturday.

UKIP, a far-right political party whose members have been outspoken in their racism and homophobia, had their application to march in the parade controversially turned down by the Pride in London committee following an outcry by the LGBT community. The committee insisted the decision was not made on political grounds but in the name of safety.

In December, Kerry Smith, standing for UKIP South Basildon and East Thurrock resigned from his candidacy after calling gay people ‘fucking disgusting old poofters’. In February the group UKIP Christian Soldiers, authorised by UKIP HQ circulated leaflets that claimed educating school children on LGBT issues was ‘sexual grooming’.

Approximately 15 LGBT* in UKIP activists – who had not paid the fee required to take part in the parade,… Continue reading

You Didn't Hear it from Us 13/6/15

Laverne_Cox_at_Paley_Fest_Orange_Is_The_New_BlackHere’s a round-up of some of the news, blogs posts and comment we missed this week.

 

Did we miss any other must-see stories? Let us know in comments…

Image:  “Actress Laverne Cox at The Paley Center For Media’s PaleyFest 2014 Honoring “Orange Is The New Black”” by Dominic D. Shared under CC BY 2.0. Via Wikimedia Commons.